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Avoid Eight Common Mistakes When Buying Furniture Online

onlinePurchasing furniture in any setting can be tricky, but it is even more so online if buyers do not take proper precautions and plan their purchase thoroughly.

  1. Set a budget and stick with it. Going over budget is a frequent mistake, especially since there may be hidden costs associated with the furniture purchase online. Hidden costs can include tax, shipping, fitting or customization charges, and extended warranties. Carefully investigate any purchase before clicking “Finalize Purchase.”
  1. Before making any furniture purchase, measure the space the furniture must fit.
    1. Length, width, depth and height are all important when choosing furniture.
    2. Include adequate walkways around furniture and consider line of sight to important features of the room. These may include the TV, other seats and guests, doors and windows.
    3. Write down the measurements to assist with your shopping.
  1. Always comparison shop for furniture, both at online stores and brick-and-mortar stores. Make sure you are getting the best overall deal with your online purchase before you buy.
    1. Check reviews for both the furniture items and the online store itself.
    2. Purchasing an inferior quality furniture piece or furniture from a shady seller is no bargain.
  1. Take your time when shopping for furniture online and in stores. Furniture is a major home investment, and rushing to make a purchase often results in overpaying and getting items that do not work in the space. Choose quality merchandise that will last for years.
  1. Visit stores in person to test furniture items before making a purchase online.
    1. Determine how fabrics and finishes look and feel, and what colors look like in person.
    2. Measure the furniture to make sure it will fit in your space.
    3. Sit in the chairs and use the furniture to make sure it works with your body.
    4. When you find the furniture you want in a store, make a note of the brand and model number, as well as the price.
    5. Choose several acceptable furniture makes and models, in case your first choice is not available.
    6. Find the items online and compare prices there, too.
    7. Choose your best deal based on what works best for your family, your budget and your home.
  1. Make sure you are getting the best online deal by using coupon codes and discount codes if they are available.
    1. Once you have determined what furniture you want, go online and search for “coupon code” or “discount code” plus the brand and type of the furniture.
    2. Most online coupon codes for furniture are for free shipping, which can save buyers significant amounts of money.
    3. Having a list of acceptable options for your furniture piece allows you to be flexible when locating online codes and coupons for your purchase.
    4. Be sure to read the fine print of any coupon or discount deal before using the promotion code.
  1. Determine the warranty and return policies for the furniture you want.
    1. Compare policies among the online stores and retail stores.
    2. Find out if you are responsible for return shipping costs if the furniture does not fit your needs. Shipping costs for heavy furniture can be prohibitively expensive.
    3. When your purchase is delivered, open the package and thoroughly inspect the furniture before the delivery service departs.
    4. Do not sign for receiving the furniture until assembling and inspecting it. Signing for the furniture usually includes a statement that the product is adequate and free of defects upon delivery. This may make returns or exchanges much more difficult.
  1. As with any online purchase, be sure to use appropriate security measures when making your purchase.
    1. Ensure you are purchasing from a secure site- the URL will start with “https” and there should be security symbols and statements prominently displayed on the site.
    2. Do not let online sites store your credit card or bank information.
    3. Clear your browsing history and online cache after making online purchases and then restart your browser.

These steps help make it harder for thieves to steal your information or your identity.

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